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Office Location

Winkenwerder 114

Sponsoring Faculty

Dan Brown


Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Energy Science and Engineering, 2018
Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Urban and Regional Planning, 2010
M.S., University of Calcutta, Geography, 2007
B.S., University of Calcutta, Geography (Honors), 2004

Research Areas

  • Land use land cover change
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Sustainability science
  • Energy geography
  • Population estimation and modeling

Honors and Awards

  • UW Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow – eSecience Institute, University of Washington, Seattle WA. June 2019.
  • Winner, Best Poster Award: Oak Ridge Institution for Science and Education Research Symposium, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA. 8th August, 2018.
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise – 2018. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN USA
  • Winner, Best Reflection of Symposium Theme: Poster presentation. Annual Symposium of University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, 23rd – 25th May, 2017. Washington DC,USA.
  • Energy Science and Engineering Fellowship – 2014 – 2018. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN USA
  • Energy Science and Engineering Fellowship – 2014 – 2018. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN USA

Selected Publications

Roy Chowdhury, P.K., Weaver, J., Weber, E., Lunga, St. Thomas LeDoux, D., Rose, A. & Bhaduri, B.L. (2019) Electricity consumption patterns within cities: application of a data-driven settlement characterization method. International Journal of Digital Earth. DOI:10.1080/17538947.2018.1556355

Yuan, J., Roy Chowdhury, P.K., Mckee, J., Yang, H.L., Weaver, J & Bhaduri, B.L. (2018) Exploiting Deep Learning and Volunteered Geographic Information for Mapping Buildings in the Developing World. Sci. Data. 5:180217, DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2018.217.

Roy Chowdhury, P.K., Bhaduri, B.L. & McKee, J.J. (2018) New insights from high resolution satellite imagery derived human settlement data. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 10: 93-103, DOI: 10.1016/j.rsase.2018.03.002.

Roy Chowdhury, P.K. & Maithani, S.(2014) Modelling urban growth in the Indo-Gangetic plane using nighttime OLS data and Cellular automata, Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 33: 155-165, DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.04.009.

Roy Chowdhury, P.K., Maithani, S. & Dadhwal, V. K. (2011) Estimation of urban population in Indo Gangetic Plains using nighttime OLS data, International Journal of Remote Sensing 33(8): 2498-2515, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2011.616550.

Roy Chowdhury, P.K. & Maithani, S. (2010) Monitoring growth of built-up areas in Indo-

Gangetic plain using multisensor remote sensing data, Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing 38:291-300, DOI: 10.1007/s12524-010-0019-5.


Pranab’s current research focuses on understanding the effects of land and forest management decisions by the various stakeholders on the multifunctionality of forest lands in the Pacific Northwest. He is developing an agent-based model to simulate these stakeholder behaviors under different economic and environmental conditions and understand their long-term effects on forest landscape in Western Washington.

Pranab obtained his Ph.D. from the Bredesen Center, a joint program between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, in December 2018. His graduate research was focused on geospatial data-driven analysis of urban electricity usage patterns over different geographies and assessment of its implications for sustainable urban development.

Pranab’s research goals involve applications of geospatial data and modeling driven methods in land change science, and urban and environmental sustainability. Before getting his doctorate, Pranab obtained masters’ degrees in remote sensing and GIS applications in urban and regional planning as well as in geography. Outside of research work, he is fond of hiking and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, landscape photography, and cooking.

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